Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

As the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020 comes to an end, IUCN actively supports the development of what needs to be an ambitious new global biodiversity framework.

Post-2020 aichi targets

Despite the commitments made by governments in 2010 to take effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity to ensure resilient ecosystems by 2020, much remains to be done still.

The good news is that conservation works and going forward, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework should: 

  • Avoid duplication and enhance complementarity with existing frameworks, in particular the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is essential that the biodiversity framework focusses on effectively addressing threats to biodiversity as well as gaps that might exist in the SDGs – for instance on the interlinkages of biodiversity and human health.
  • Be structured to reflect the pathway from where we are now to the changes we’d like to see in 2050. Action targets must be underpinned by a the theory of change reflecting a clear line-of-sight from now until attainment of the Vision.
  • Have focused, concrete and measurable Action Targets, so that their implementation and impacts can be monitored and assessed.
  • Reflect the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity as well as the three components of biodiversity (species, ecosystems and genes) in coherent specific outcome goals.
  • Be a truly global framework, clearly speaking to the other Rio and biodiversity-related conventions as well as to those agreements that cover issues related to biodiversity. Synergies are essential. 
  • Integrate Nature-based Solutions to safeguard and maintain ecosystems. These are vital for food and water supply, protection against natural disasters and provision of goods and services which are essential for human well-being.
  • Embrace all voices: indigenous peoples and local communities, regional and city governments, the private sector, NGOs, women, youth and society at large must be not only invited to the debate but the framework should also incentivise their explicit contributions towards the global goals. 

IUCN's latest position paper and other contributions to the process can be found in our dedicated post-2020 resources section.

IUCN Webinar Series - The last sprint to CBD COP15

In an effort to help solve some of the contentious issues of the negotiations and to clarify the technical aspects around the questions at hand, IUCN’s International Policy Centre is planning a series of webinars around the CBD post-2020 global biodiversity framework in the lead-up to COP15.

The series will present key priorities for the post-2020 framework, unpack certain elements in the current Goals and Targets, emphasising their scientific underpinnings, and provide a space for discussion among negotiators, experts and key stakeholders.